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Lionel Trilling and the Critics Opposing Selves by John Rodden

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Published by University of Nebraska Press .
Written in English


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  • Literary studies: from c 1900 -,
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  • Literary Criticism,
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  • Trilling, Lionel,
  • United States,
  • 1905-1975,
  • 20th century,
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Edition Notes

ContributionsMorris Dickstein (Foreword)
The Physical Object
Number of Pages492
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL7905276M
ISBN 10080323922X
ISBN 109780803239227

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Lionel Trilling (–) was born in New York and educated at Columbia University, to which he returned as an instructor in , and where he continued to teach in the English Department throughout his long and highly distinguished career as a literary critic. Among the most influential of his many works are three collections of essays, The Liberal Imagination, The Opposing Self, and /5(14). Lionel Trilling and the Critics provides a comprehensive portrait of Lionel Trilling, perhaps the most influential American cultural critic of the twentieth century. The contributors are a who's who of Anglo-American intellectuals from the s through the s. They include Edmund Wilson, Robert Penn Warren, F. R. Leavis, Leslie Fiedler, R. W. B. Lewis, R. P. Blackmur, Irving Howe, Irving. Podhoretz denies this, but still I wonder. Interestingly, anti-conservative critics sometimes praise Trilling in order to attack Podhoretz; witness Robert Boyers's review of Mark Krupnick's book on Trilling in the New York Times Book Review, and for that matter the book itself. Because it was edited with uncommon good sense, Lionel Trilling and the Critics achieves Rodden's "dual aim: to illuminate the unfolding of Trilling's literary reputation and to recapture the Author: Nathan Glick.

  Lionel Trilling () belonged to what Randall Jarrell called “the age of criticism,” a time when the analysis and judgment of texts had a prestige that is hard to imagine today. Many of the leading figures of that golden age appear in the correspondence collected in this volume, as Trilling’s friends, colleagues, or antagonists. The name missing from this roster of distinguished academic critics was the most famous of them all, Lionel Trilling. Then and now, Trilling doesn’t seem quite to fit in anywhere. He was never entirely comfortable with Columbia University, where he taught for decades—or, for that matter, with thinking himself an academic or even a critic. The Feuds of Diana Trilling. The magazine had sent a questionnaire to its most famous affiliates—novelists, critics, socialists, a poet—who weighed in on the “moral and political crisis Author: Tobi Haslett.   Lionel Trilling, a literary critic of international reputation and University Professor Emeritus at Columbia, died Wednesday evening of cancer at his home, 35 .

This is as distinguished and richly rewarding a book of criticism as has appeared in America in many years. Trilling here takes his place among the all too few critics who have anything real to say: that is, they know their material, they know what the values of literature really are, and what a warm discussion of these values can be. In this book, Trilling has chosen nine different writers. Why Trilling Matters, by Adam Kirsch (Yale, pp., $24). The conventional wisdom about Lionel Trilling, Adam Kirsch writes in Why Trilling Matters, is that he was a “thwarted creator,” a writer who would rather have written novels than essays about doesn’t see it that way. “On the contrary,” he argues, “Trilling’s disappointment as a novelist was the most productive. The modern novel in its most cogent and permanent form" - this has been the achievement of E. M. Forster; his masterpiece, A Passage to India, belongs with perhaps three or four other works in English at the pinnacle of literary craftsmanship in this century. Yet for many years Forster's genius was virtually unrecognized in America. Not until , when Lionel Trilling's authoritative and. Get this from a library! Lionel Trilling and the critics: opposing selves. [John Rodden;] -- "Lionel Trilling and the Critics provides a comprehensive portrait of Lionel Trilling, perhaps the most influential American cultural critic of the twentieth century. The contributors are a who's who.